Obituary are a death metal band from Tampa, Florida. Formed in 1985 as Executioner
, then changed spelling to Xecutioner
, the band changed their name shortly before the release of their first album Slowly We Rot
in 1989. The band are regarded as influential proponents of the Floridian death metal sound that emerged in the late 1980s and officially they are one of the best-selling death metal bands of all time.
Following the release of their fifth album - 1997's Back From The Dead
- Obituary disbanded, although a live album Dead
surfaced a year later.
In 2005 the band reformed, recording the reunion album Frozen In Time
, since then, the band has continued to tour and release new material.